Friday, April 6, 2012
Cheering enthusiast responds
A while back, LaredoTejas wondered outloud (via print) if the National Cheerleading Championships were perhaps called that because of the possibility that they were being held by an organization called National Cheerleading.
Although, it's been a while since that post, LT received a response from a reader and I thought it would only fair to present that response on this post. To "anonymous, thanks for reading and responding.
This might be a very late response but, regardless if Laredo cheer teams win National, Regional or State champions, winning first place at very publicised and recognized competitions defines Laredo cheerleading teams as being the one of the BEST. In particular, the competitions you see on ESPN and on Varsity.com, are viewed as one of the most prestigious sponsors or so called "companies". I've seen the time, blood, tears, sweat, and effort that those young ladies and gentleman put into their practices. Is it really that hard to believe that Laredo can have so much talent?
Laredoans can go on and on about how cheerleading is overrated. But, those young men and women are rolemodels to the Laredo community. Instead of wondering about the validity of "National cheer titles" go to varsity.com and search for a Laredo high school team (Ex: United High School) and compare them to the other 100 plus teams around the country you'll see why they win. But to further explain how competitions work, of course, competitions have different categgories and divisions. For example, a high school team cannot compete against a middle school team.
Also, a cheer team who cannot tumble but are better at stunting have their own division as well. The size of the team plays a factor as well. So, you can win first place(national champions) in all the different divisions. However, note that numerous schools and cheer studios around the country compete in prestigious competitions.
This year, if you did not already know, United High School won World and National Champions. You are able to view their routine on the Varsity website. They competed in the highest level and you can clearly see the skills they have compared to the other schools competing.